Pay rise for sailors

Sailors on board an unidentified ship in Portsmouth in 1919 celebrating their pay rise
Sailors on board an unidentified ship in Portsmouth in 1919 celebrating their pay rise
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This picture from 1919 was originally captioned: ‘Jack and Joey discuss the pay rise’.

That year, under pressure from the navy, the Treasury allowed substantial increases to the pay of all ranks.

An able seaman’s pay went up from 1s 8d (9p) to four shillings (20p) a day, while a captain’s pay doubled.

The officers’ salaries were linked to the cost of living while the wages of other ranks were not, which stored up trouble for the future.